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Beautiful places in New York - for photography

Hello, what are the most beautiful places in New York where you can take beautiful photos?

15 Answers

top answer by
Courtney from Los Angeles

No question Central Park should be your first stop...
and whatever you do, don't miss the tile ceiling at the Bethesda Fountain. It amazes me every time I see it. I would also check out the Gramercy Park area. You can't get in the park unless you have a key and you can't have a key unless you're a resident but, as you can see from the picture below, there is some amazing architecture surrounding the building (Jimmy Fallon actually lives in the building below). If you like friezes and gargoyles and that kind of thing, they are on buildings all over the city, especially in the Flatiron District and the surrounding area (check out the 20s between about 1st and Lexington for random brownstones with really, really cool building appointments). You might want to also check out the brownstones on the Upper East Side as well--the 60s, 70s, and even 80s have some amazing buildings. Don't miss checking out Harlem, either. The architecture is incredible and it's such a diverse place that you'll probably end up with some great shots. lf you're a fan of the movie, "The Royal Tenenbaums" be sure to check out 339 Convent Ave in the while you're up there. You'll recognize it immediately as the family's house. 

I would also make a point of checking out the city's art deco buildings of which there are many. Chanin Building is a great one...

as is the Fuller Building.

If you find yourself in any of the other boroughs, make sure you check out the art deco residential buildings as well--they have some amazing tile work in the lobbies and are a lot of fun to photograph (just make sure you tell the doorman what you're doing). One of the most famous is the Park Plaza Apartments complex in BronxGramercy House in Manhattan is another good one. 

The Ladies Mile Historic District has some amazing buildings on both the big avenues and the little side streets. 

Finally, on a totally random note, the Jefferson Market Library is an incredible building to take pictures of, as is the whole area around it. 

Have fun! It's such a great place to take pictures!!!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Central Park (attraction)
  2. Bethesda Fountain (attraction)
  3. Gramercy Park (neighborhood)
  4. Flatiron District (neighborhood)
  5. Upper East Side (attraction)
  6. Harlem (neighborhood)
  7. 339 Convent Ave (attraction)
  8. Chanin Building (attraction)
  9. Fuller Building (attraction)
  10. Bronx (attraction)
  11. Gramercy House (attraction)
  12. Ladies Mile Historic District (attraction)
  13. Jefferson Market Library (attraction)
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answered first by
Sheila from New York City

DUMBO(down under the manhattan bridge overpass) is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that is a fantastic place to take photos. You can start by walking from Manhattan into Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge and take tons of photos of the skyline and the bridge along the way. Once you're off the Brooklyn Bridge, that area is essentially DUMBO. There are great cobblestone streets and classic buildings. Just wander around and I'm sure you'll have PLENTY of photos. And while you're there, you might as well get some ice cream and relax at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. DUMBO (attraction)
  2. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  3. Brooklyn Bridge Park (attraction)
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answered by
Elisabeth from New York City

Here are some good options that are in nature / great if the weather is nice:

Along The High Line

Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side

New York Botanical Garden ManhattanNew York 

Brooklyn Bridge

Belvedere Castle in Central Park

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Along The High Line (attraction)
  2. Carl Schurz Park (attraction)
  3. New York Botanical Garden Manhattan (attraction)
  4. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  5. Belvedere Castle (attraction)
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answered by
Rocio from Costa Rica

Hello Julia!!! There are many amazing places in NYC!!! Spring at Central Park is stunning!!!!  blossom trees, birds, reflections, amazing colors and contrasts. Examples? Bow Bridge, Central Park, Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle, Central Park - Turtle Pond, The Mall,  are great scenarios to take incredible pictures.

I would also recommend to take a walk  Along The High Lineand admire the charming lady jane tulips or the grand oak trees that are in flower right now. I am 100% sure that you will find so many examples of beauty and seductiveness of life, key ingredients for amazing pictures!!

Hope you find this helpfull and I am looking forward to seeing your pictures!!!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Central Park (attraction)
  2. Bow Bridge, Central Park (attraction)
  3. Bethesda Fountain (attraction)
  4. Belvedere Castle (attraction)
  5. Central Park - Turtle Pond (attraction)
  6. Along The High Line (attraction)
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answered by
Ffion from Cardiff

My Pics of NYC

Top of the Rockefeller just before sunset allows for amazing photos. Brooklyn Bridge Park gives a great view of the NYC skyline, as well as taking the (free) Staten Island Ferry to/from Staten Island. Washington Square Park is also a great place to get a shot of the Empire State Building framed nicely within the park's arch. Also I'd take a few walks in Central Park, especially around the JKO reservoir and the pond, to grab some pretty images of the park and the NYC skyline together.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park (attraction)
  2. Staten Island Ferry (attraction)
  3. Washington Square Park (attraction)
  4. Empire State Building (attraction)
  5. Central Park (attraction)
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answered by
Vassilis from New York City


New York is an amazing place to take photos. But with so many desktop wallpapers covering the New York skyline, it kind of depends on what type of photos you like to take. I mean, after you take the Brooklyn Bridge and the view of manhattan from there, the Flatiron District building, the Chrysler Building Empire State Building etc, the steam coming out the subway etc and all the other "new york landmarks", it comes down to what you like. For instance, If you travel a bit north you will get to see the Palisades which offer amazing views of the Hudson and give a glimpse of how new york was hundreds of years ago. Other than that, just taking photos of people (i.e. Humans of New York) is guaranteed to give you good material. Hope this helps!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  2. Flatiron District (neighborhood)
  3. Chrysler Building (attraction)
  4. Empire State Building (attraction)
  5. Palisades (city)
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answered by
Sandra from France

Hello, i went in NY 2 years ago, amazing city .

there are a lot of nice places for photography.

in Central Parkof course very big and nice park.

in the High Line Park

on the roof of Rockefeller Centerbeautiful view on central park

Bryant Parkbeautiful park where there is the fashion week 

on the rooftop of 230 FIFTH

Enjoy your trip !

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Central Park (attraction)
  2. High Line Park (attraction)
  3. Rockefeller Center (attraction)
  4. Bryant Park (attraction)
  5. 230 FIFTH (attraction)
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answered by
Mike from Hermosa Beach

Hi many great places, but my fav's are Washington Square Park, anywhere in Central Park and Times Square (touristy but a must)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Washington Square Park (attraction)
  2. Central Park (attraction)
  3. Times Square (metro area)
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answered by
Jason from Lincoln, Massachusetts

Start with Central Park. You can take photos there all day. Then go to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for great photos of the NYC skyline. 

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  1. Central Park (attraction)
  2. Brooklyn Heights Promenade (attraction)
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answered by
Jen from Brooklyn

East River State Park is a beautiful place to photograph.

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  1. East River State Park (attraction)
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answered by
Chris Lee from Malta

On top of the Empire State Building is a good place to start. Also in Brooklyn looking towards Manhattan

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Empire State Building (attraction)
  2. Brooklyn (neighborhood)
  3. Manhattan (region)
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answered by
Kaydee from Brooklyn

I suppose it depends on what type of photos you like taking, but for Urban photos here are a few ideas. DUMBO Brooklyn is very popular for photos. There are old cobblestone streets and great views of the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, East River and Manhattan. You can also take the East River Ferry Terminal Brooklyn Bridge Park/Dumbo from there or a Water Taxi and get some cool shots as you ride of the city and the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn. Or you can walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and get cool architectural shots and city views. I'd also recommend walking around the West Village and Meatpacking District. West Village is picturesque with winding streets, townhomes and trees. Meatpacking has old warehouses and is a trendy spot. And of course you can't really go wrong with Central Park Have fun!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. DUMBO (attraction)
  2. East River Ferry Terminal Brooklyn Bridge Park/Dumbo (attraction)
  3. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  4. West Village (neighborhood)
  5. Meatpacking District (neighborhood)
  6. Central Park (attraction)
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answered by
Kenneth from Boston

Central Park is beautiful just about anywhere 

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  1. Central Park (attraction)
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answered by

Go over to Brooklyn, in DUMBO, right near the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a whole new park with great views of the city with the bridges. Also, Top of the Rock is a great place.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Brooklyn (neighborhood)
  2. DUMBO (attraction)
  3. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  4. Top of the Rock (attraction)
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answered by

Top of The Rock Observation Deck - Rockefeller Center (website)

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  1. Top of The Rock Observation Deck (attraction)
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